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The Origin, Uses, and Future of Rightweighting

Tuesday, May 14, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alyce Ryan
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May 10, 2019 – AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, in collaboration with The Packaging School worked with Kruger Packaging to create its latest free online course for members: Rightweighting.

"Paper is a common denominator for all our converting members. Sustainability is a common denominator for packaging buyers and consumers. The Rightweighting course covers the topic from the history of paper in our industry to the performance of the package to case studies in the U.S. and Canada. It is a worthy addition to the AICC Packaging School course catalog, and we truly appreciate Kruger for donating so much time, energy and material to make this course a reality,” said Mike D’Angelo, AICC Vice President.

Rightweighting can be used to find substrates that optimize the performance of the box and appeal to both the end-users and box manufacturers in terms of cost, sustainability, and efficiency. The shift to rightweighting did not happen overnight. This course will dive into the origin of rightweighting, its application today, the technology, and where rightweighting is headed.

Kruger Packaging is the latest AICC member to provide time and expertise in addition to a financial commitment to help all AICC members have access to free online education.

Serge Desgagnes, Vice President, Containerboard Sales at Kruger Packaging, said “when AICC approached us to become an Education Investor, we felt it was a  good fit for us to help box makers to understand the past and use it to focus on the future of packaging.” He continued, “our corrugated box plants, located in Montreal and Toronto, are over 50 years old and they always tried to use the best substrate to maximize box performance using the least amount of fibers. They developed the concept of rightweighting using BCT instead of ECT and found out it was the best way to satisfy customers without over packaging.”

Of the course, Desgagnes said, “the course is an image of the past bringing you to the future of packaging by using the right substrate. This is a very good course for current and future box makers about the importance of using the right substrate.”

Other AICC Education Investors and their courses include:

  • Understanding the Corrugator. Created with the support of Fosber.
  • Essential Principles of Water-Based Flexo Inks. Created with the support of BCM Inks.
  • Optimizing the Flexographic Printing Process. Created with the support of Pamarco, JB Machinery, Printron, and Absolute.
  • Rotary Die Cutting Operation. Created with the support of SUN Automation Group
  • BOBST, HP, and EFI, also AICC Education Investors, have courses in process for release later this year.

More information about Rightweighting and other free online courses can be found at Questions about the education available to AICC members or the AICC Education Investor opportunity can be directed to Taryn Pyle, Director of Education & Leadership Development, or Chelsea May, Education & Training Manager, or 703.836.2422.